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this week's top stories plus today's headlines this is the weekly r t russia security services reportedly wiretapped one of the suspected boston bombers talking about jihad we look at how politics may have impeded the f.b.i. from. the u.s. and u.k. there is evidence syria used chemical weapons against the rebels and amid calls for invention from lawmakers the u.n. says the allegations have not yet been proved. joining the european union no facts come of this week in iceland is likely to put an end to the country's pursuit of a new membership and poll shows just in the bloc plummeting to all time low. and official number of hunger strike one hundred at least twenty of the detainees
being force fed and some hospitalized. broadcasting live from our studios in moscow this is r.t.m. john thomas glad to have you with us the f.b.i. says it has received a recording of a boston bombing suspect talking about jihad with his mother russian security services alerted the u.s. back in two thousand and eleven that one of the brothers held extremist views but the bureau dismissed moscow's early warning after making checks here is artie's going to japan with commentary on why the f.b.i. might have failed to take proper action. in the wake of the boston bombings it's the f.b.i. now bombarded with questions how could they let the alleged boston bomber tamerlan and i have go off the radar after they've been warned about him multiple times over
the last two years russia worked not only the f.b.i. about tamerlan son i have did they drop the ball the f.b.i. . dropped the ball his note for sure they dropped the ball here there's no doubt about it she was on the radar and they want to go he's on the russians radar why wasn't he a flare put on him or the russians right and did the united states ignore their warnings disrespect repeated warnings from our lawns are now i have someone you tube page full of radical content friends driving a car with a license plate that reads their own easter number one all of this was missed it's possible that they were too down by some preconception of who would be a possible jihadi that they were not able to see something in front of them maybe they work thinking well if these guys are chechen you know they hate the russians they don't hate us politics may have been the reason why u.s. authorities failed to connect the dots on tom along and i have another possibility is that poor relations. between moscow and washington devalued the russian
report something that the russian president says has to be fixed if we truly undertake a joint effort we will not suffer these blows and take such losses if one more possible the us authorities politicized the intelligence given the fact that russia's concerns had been ignored before motto of the white head of the internationally recognized chechen terrorists science was given asylum and now lives in boston. for russians accused of heinous crimes against innocent people is still seen in the us as a chechen freedom fighter the odd part of this if anything we've been i'm not going to say sympathetic with them but we've certainly been critical of putin and how far he's gone in dealing with so if anything they should they shouldn't have this anger at the united states many ask whether tom or lon may have learned about bomb making on his trip to russia but the answer could be much closer to home according to
a senior government official quote they got their instructions on how to make from the internet is newsworthy to know that nobody has to travel anywhere or get any specific in person training from some expert somewhere in order to access instructions for making explosives when joe parts are not i if woke up this week he reportedly told the authorities that he and his brother were motivated by a desire to defend islam because of the wars in iraq and afghanistan many terrorists have tried to politicise their heinous acts but that doesn't change the fact that there are heartless killings when federal authorities look at any intel on a potential extremist problem or political rather than purely law enforcement point of view that could be a recipe for future disasters in washington. john glaser an editor at antiwar dot com says it has it is no surprise u.s. mideast policies are driving people to violence. the fact that they cite u.s. foreign policy as
a motivator in fact for their attack shouldn't be really surprising every attack that wasn't an f.b.i. hatched sting operation since nine eleven has had that component all of these terrorists that want to attack the united states and commit heinous violence on us have in their mind some motivation of u.s. foreign policy u.s. aggression in the middle east you know in a rock in afghanistan and pakistan and yemen israel palestine conflict and on and on and on a lot of what obama has done in terms of trying to be less aggressive towards the muslim world to simply make his secret the bush administration is quite open obama has chosen to make all of this covert he's done the drone war which is a secret war that nobody will admit to in pakistan and yemen and somalia a lot of this is still going on and he's still generating fierce hatred from a lot of people who resent u.s.
aggression the mother of the boston marathon but auspex was put on a federal terror watch list eighteen months before the attack american officials revealed a vast detail after she accused police of murdering her elder son. well i mean only this time he was alive why. do you live. in iowa. she claimed the authorities version of events are regarding the manhunt for her son's does it not stand up to scrutiny you can take a listen to what she said at r.t. dot com. britain and the u.s. claim they have obtained evidence that assad's government used chemical weapons president obama warned of the use of poison gas in syria would cross a red line that says some american lawmakers are quick to call for intervention in the war torn country the u.n. however says that there is no solid proof to back up the allegation as experts say i witness accounts do not tally with the effects of the weapons is iran and joe
horn says we have seen this kind of rhetoric before and should be on guard it's deja vu all over again we will remember at the just risen adventurous so u.s. and british invasion of iraq in two thousand and three based on allegations of weapons of mass destruction that proved to be faulty therefore we must ask some very difficult and searching questions for example what was the chain of custody with regard to the samples taken from the battlefield of syria to laboratories of london and in washington was there or was there the possibility of contamination or foul play or hanky panky with the samples and how can you show that the regime rather than the rebels actually used these alleged chemical weapons and since we already know the next six here in divisions within the military is driving the conflict in both syria and iraq how do we know that some renegade soldier in the
syrian military was actually collaborating with the rebels want these chemical weapons so as to provide a rationale for intervention by london and washington these are difficult questions that must be answered. native syrians are not the only fighters battling against president assad that use anti-terrorist chief has warned that europeans traveling to syria to join in the rebels could pose a threat back home after their return fears are growing throughout europe that its young muslims could get in touch with islamist factions among the opposition as arcelor reports. syria's two year old conflict is already seen to spill over some neighboring countries but now it is extended far beyond that it's estimated that hundreds of europeans from fourteen countries mostly young men have joined the rebels in syria in fighting against bashar al assad. center for the study vatican has ation put the tall figure at six hundred. well here and there were billed for
the media coverage on the radicalization of young people has recently focused on one specific story that of a father in search of the son dimitriy beyond excited joy of radical islam is group that had gone to syria to join the fight father had gone all the way they are hoping to bring his son bad. planes are flying overhead all the time when we are on the streets or inside a building we have a bomb was dropped on us i haven't had a contact with yeah you can we shoot him he's here in aleppo we spoke with dimitris lawyer who's at constant contact with him and he says the father is hell bent on finding his eighteen year old son. we don't expect that you will send me to syria and in that state it's clear so that's what we're also why didn't he was most eager to go in self he said i want to do something for myself a son will start changing about three years ago the problem with to us that at
a certain moment he was influenced by some radical list you had to go faint and he did and he didn't work out and there were some friends who say ok come with us and . very slowly it started that he was really influenced and really braid was the group. started wearing other clothes. reaching for every five times a day this groupie you had come into contact with shari'a for belgium a radical islam is a group whose leader followed belka some have been arrested for hate speech and calls justifying the use of violence over there is judgment day if you're if you're a muslim you will go to paradise if you're this believer you will go to hell terrorism expert glowed many cases the rise of radicalized us is alarming many of whom are easy prey the first question is why they convert. and
usually didn't convince people. they can vote because of a problem. one moment and. most of the if new political ideas are to go to foot because the fact if they were they don't meet mr convenes the. conduct of people they have just fall quoting them and for the convincing them that to be a good news team they want to go to the side and took a beating at the there was that the. authorities are paying even closer attention with alert levels heightened while worried family members of summer youth fighting in syria have been calling for a clampdown on radical groups the best they could do short of going to syria themselves. may not be completely out of the question does or sylvia r.t. in belgium. and as some are drawing parallels between the pre-rock invasion rhetoric and the current allegations of chemical weapons use in syria r t looks at
how a decade after the war of the of the start of the iraq war baghdad is still struggling to end of the sectarian violence in the country as more than two hundred are killed in clashes that's still to come later in the program. the greek parliament has approved an emergency bill that will see over fifteen thousand public sector workers laid off by the end of two thousand and fourteen that amid another troubling week for the eurozone with fresh anti austerity demonstrations taking place in spain portugal and again in greece almost thirty people were injured in clashes with police says over a thousand people staged a protest in madrid they were left a furious by the country's jobless rate which reached an all time high of over twenty seven percent that's as the government says it will take two years longer than expected to cut this all comes as official numbers show trusted to tunes has reached record lows the leader of the u.k. independence party told us that anyone with money invested. big investors should be
worried. i have been pondering for years what would happen when spain finally went back how would they possibly deal with the sheer scale of the bailout that would be needed which perhaps would be five or six hundred billion euros how could this happen without huge american. help what cyprus has done is give us the template at what they will do in future. countries out there. and they'll do it by stealing investors' money by taxing people on their properties and by forcing central banks into their holdings of gold i mean this is a truly. situation so my advice to people is if you. if you've got money in bank account. get your money out before they come after you because it's perfectly clear. from here it's quite extraordinary that. these
countries that are in trouble with the eurozone they've effectively given. to a very arrogant troika ultimately the euro zone is going to break up the economics that break it up it may be civil disobedience very large scale that eventually get some of those mediterranean countries out. the big question what is the european union for. the financial crisis still running hard getting cold feet over joining when we come back and report on the island. and those. countries. if that comes to pass what are the possible outcomes.
and welcome back you're watching our team in iraq more than two hundred people have been killed in the sectarian bloodshed over the last week and on tuesday the military raided a sunni anti-government protest camp that resulted in around fifty civilians deaths and a gun battle later in the iraqi government blocked news channels from operating in the country including the qatar based al-jazeera broadcasters were accused of misleading and unethical coverage that stoked the religious violence with no sign of peace between the sunni and the ruling shia communities iraq's prime minister warns the state is dragging itself into civil war dirk adrian sons from s.o.s. iraq leaves it's the terrible situation in the country as well as the guns actions that are helping people to violence after ten years base because we can see the distiller an occupation there is still no basic services people are randomly arrested they are locked. without charges there are door to women children and men
are being raped that's why the protests started by the way and so this talk about sick darian is this is historically wrong that these are not sick darian protests these are protests against a situation that is untenable for a forty iraqi people. that there is poverty there is unemployment there is no health care that it is good education system has collapsed the media has been very weak until now in covering these protests have we seen images on television about the millions who were in the streets and in ramadi fallujah. mosul no we haven't because the security forces didn't want them to go to these places. to see catherine off has just come back from iraq and is keeping an eye on the developments there and you can get the latest minute to minute details by following her twitter feed. your skepticism takes over in iceland
on saturday opposition parties known for their anti e.u. stance of want to party of votes in the country's parliamentary election a victory of the center right is likely to result in iceland calling off its plans to join the troubled bloc country has been steadily recovering from the two thousand and eight financial crisis and many say it because reykjavik is not a part of the eurozone that it is done so well robert director of the bruges group think tank believes other debt ridden nations would only benefit from exiting the single currency there was a bit of a wobble in terms of icelandic public opinion of the two thousand and eight financial crisis where of course icelandic banks one after the other fell like dominoes but of course since then because it's outside of the e.u. it has its own count see it's not in the euro of course it then even managed to run its own economy as it saw fit and it's recovered it's still got problems but of course the economies. growing and unemployment is falling she's full of
a move from the situation in southern europe in the euro zone where unemployment he's continuing to rise and the economies are continually continually contracting so really honest and gives a wonderful example to those countries such as greece or spain or italy. so i think that the single common see actually helping the euro and he's coming structure is not working and there needs to be a change of course in a little otoh i can do it other countries can do it as well. and we have more international news on our website our team dot com including a possible major breakthrough in the fight against hiv danish scientists say they are on the brink of developing a vaccine that could kill the virus once and for all by boosting the body's immune system details. their heads of police and staff of a mental health clinic and gauge in a fierce clashes during protests against the demolition of the hospital building find out what is behind the stand off on our website at.
guantanamo bay prison officials have acknowledged that one hundred inmates are now on hunger strike the figure has doubled since the military conducted a violent raid in the facility inmates who are refusing food are being put in solitary confinement and guards imposed a lockdown two weeks ago but the number is still far lower than some of the detainees attorneys claim this figure shows the official numbers but as many as one hundred thirty people are taking part in the protest against mistreatment and indefinite detention either way it's more than half of the one hundred sixty six prisoners currently held at the detention center what's more twenty people are being force fed strapped to a chair with tubes down their nose and throat hospital as well although prison authorities say that their conditions are not life threatening carlos warner a federal public defender who's representing a guantanamo prisoner says his client tells a different story. he's in terrible condition and i talked to him on friday by
telephone he indicated that they are using a large tube in his nose a size ten and instead of a size eight anyone who's been tube fed is and who's lost it at this point to more or more of his body weight is in a very dire position you have the military by suppressing that there are going to be multiple deaths because of this and that's just that's the fact that's what happens when you have hopelessness and that's when what happens when you have this terrible situation being aggravated by the military now the military is not has fault here they need to negotiate an end and not just try to exert their will on these hopeless men but ultimately the moves have to happen in washington if you're the president again president obama pick up the ball and end this strike the military has come around and it's a meeting that they can't get in a full scale strike to the duration and scope which we've never seen the president has to intervene yesterday that the correspondents dinner making jokes while men
are dying in ones on the most we asked that he has some attention. china has bitten back over america's global audit of inequality high crime and human rights violations the annual report highlights shortcomings in china so beijing as issued a report of its own party's alexy o'shaughnessy has the story. after years of swallowing accusations of violating human rights beijing is fighting back after last year the u.s. published its scolding human rights practices report now china held a mirror back to washington and its role of international human rights judge let's take a look at where the two clash of the u.s. again accuse china of limiting internet freedoms the so-called great firewall of china where beijing has long being under scrutiny for blocking many western websites such as facebook google and you tube but those criticizing china are no saints the sounding people and cispa bills to control internet data have made waves
across the atlantic lately and the u.s. government approved interception of private text messages and e-mails for security needs are hardly contributing to online freedom china's single party political system and lack of democratic elections also came under fire the chinese report made its wife back at america's multi-party system saying that in what seems to be a democratic process it's really not the people but the amount of money spent on complaints which really decide the winner is the largest part of the us report was dedicated to human rights as they are today from harsh labor conditions to poor salaries indeed china's status of being the world's factory is nothing new and the cheap lord's concept has long been debated beijing hit back with a scathing claim that in the country where racism and discrimination officially do not exist after american and hispanic employees earn forty percent less than the white population in the united states and that's through the glass ceiling for women who earn a twenty percent smaller salary than men the u.s. report also lashed out at the treatment of prisoners and members of opposition in
china contrast that with a country which runs notorious guantanamo prison and the allegations of multiple human rights abuses within its walls with china highlighting full statistics on all deaths in u.s. prisons and the use of brutal force against peaceful demonstrators in twenty twelve it is no secret that china has a checkered human rights record but by countering the claims of those who it believes should get its own house in order it is quite clear that beijing no longer wants to see a monopoly in the market of examining human rights. the news continues here on our team in a few minutes when we take a look at one of russia's leading opposition activists is facing embezzlement charges.
and you're with our team glad to have you back with us now activists are waiting for the british prime minister to decide on whether to grant asylum to afghan interpreters who worked with u.k. forces during military operations sixty thousand supporters have already signed a petition launched by one of the interpreters who was forced into hiding by the taliban the notorious militant group consider him an enemy collaborator and as artie's a poly boyko reports and there are hundreds like him. it was a dangerous job that required courage many of these translations working on the front line so they're working with soldiers written exactly the same way soldiers do but while british forces withdraw the afghan interpreters who made their work possible are being left to fend for themselves is it your or. or your all stand for those you have to be if i catch you and i would if you rafi
worked at camp prince in the helmand province says he gets regular calls from the taliban some six hundred fifty interpreters just like rafi remain in afghanistan with no right to settle in the u.k. most times when you when you finish the job and you've done it very well there's a thank you at the end of that job in this case it's a death threat it's a risk to your life seen by the taliban as having collaborated with the enemy and david the past year targeted killings of so-called international collaborators by the taliban have doubled got in touch with the foreign and commonwealth office who are responsible for the interpreters silent this is the response we got people who have put their life on the mine for the united kingdom will not be abandoned the government has put processes in place to ensure the service given by former interpreters with him forces is taken fully into account if individuals apply for asylum in the u k. the keyword here is individual for the moment it's
a case by case basis according to the foreign office to make sure the personal circumstances are recognised case by case the sign of claims can take months even years there's no accountability every other major country that actually employed interpreters has offered them some kind of special program visa program asylum britain's the only country that has an interest or dragging its feet on this we will be involved in events overseas in the future and all military clearly will need to have people helping them and who is going to help our military if they realise that they're not going to help themselves senior military and political figures that urging the people of the what here in the u.k. foreign office to rethink the policy in the campaign is gaining momentum over sixty thousand people have signed an online petition urging the british foreign secretary for a bulk resettlement program while the politicians think it over and here the men that risked their lives to help british forces say that the waiting game is getting
deadly a by the day we were there helping the people but all they see is that we were with the aggression forces in afghanistan which are so-called the nato forces or ice of forces but to every other of the national. aggression forces and once they leave the people who mean danger and will pay for the some wrongdoings of the americans. have been interpreters and their families. london. one of russia's leading opposition activists the anti-corruption campaign. went on trial on embezzlement charges he's accused of stealing half a million dollars worth of timber from the state owned company when serving as an aid to the local governor and you could get ten years in prison if convicted. denies the charges calling. the case against him is purely political a prominent blogger and kremlin critic was behind
a spike in russia's wave of protests that started in december of two thousand and eleven while earlier being often associated with the nationalist movement recently he publicly stated his willingness to eventually run for president. take a look at some other news making headlines this hour. has broken out amid the debris of the building that collapsed three rescue workers were injured and who emergency crews were optimistic of saving died a fire was ignited by sparks from the cutting according to at least three hundred seventy seven people were killed when the building first came down and has already led to the arrest of one of the owners of the complex. two policemen have been shot outside the italian prime minister's office in rome one is in serious condition in the hospital a suspected attacker was arrested at the scene the incident occurred as the new prime minister and rico and his cabinet were being sworn in at the presidential
palace the interior minister called the shooting a tragic criminal gesture by an unemployed man. apartment block has collapsed in northern france leaving at least three people dead and over a dozen injured in the blast that brought most of the first storey building down was most likely caused by a gas leak about one hundred rescue workers have been deployed to search for survivors built in the one nine hundred sixty s. the local authorities maintain that the building was kept in good condition. gunmen in the libyan capital tripoli have seized control of the interior ministry and blocked access to the foreign ministry of may have also forced employees out of the state run t.v. channel which led to the cancellation of all live shows the prime minister called the security situation in the country perilous following the attacks by about two hundred of heavily armed militants they are demanding it be government banned gadhafi era officials from taking up any public post. in the united
states a russian couple is battling to get their five month old boy back from child protection services which took the baby on wednesday authorities intervened when alex and anna nicole sought a second opinion after the boy was diagnosed with a heart murmur police were called by the first hospital but let the couple go after seeing a doctor's note saying that the baby is safe to stay at home let's discuss the situation live with a lawyer joe weinberger to get a clearer picture of what exactly has kept happening here thank you very much for being with us. now how is this possible that child protection services took the child away from his parents after the police confirmed that he was ok to stay at home. frankly that's an issue that really baffles me they were provided with medical evidence that said the baby was fine to be taken home and despite this they decided to. manufacture an excuse to take this baby away and that's part
of the reason why we will have this hearing on monday is to have them put forth the evidence that supports their reason for taking away the child now as we understand it the police are comfortable for the child to remain with the parents. and what has happened the child protective services could have done this so wrong i think what it comes down to is the parents didn't appreciate the opinions of the doctor in the hospital and wanted to seek an opinion and the mistake that they made was without signing out the child they left the hospital and went to a different hospital and in my opinion what they did was that upset the initial physician and he decided to make a call to child protective services and say that there is a child who has an imminent danger of death what he didn't know at the time was a date on to a second hospital and it's different doctors said no that's not an issue now has
the actual agency child protective services have they been cooperative with you in this case or have they been obstructive talk to me a little bit about how they've been handling the situation with you in this case it depends on which facet of the c.p.s. we're talking about they have been generous in the fact that they have allowed the parents to spend an hour on thursday in an hour on friday with the child and after my requests they have allowed the parents especially hours yesterday and three hours a day twelve three and six with sammy now the court hearing is scheduled for monday morning are you optimistic about your chances in the past is there a problem does c.p.s. usually win these things or do you have a case here. history says that c.p.s. will win this case at the initial spot. judge judges will tend to err on the side of caution i am hopeful that when all of the evidence is put forth in the facts are shown it will be very clear that these are wonderful parents who have taken every
measure to care for their son have done everything appropriately and have done nothing more than just like one particular doctor and wanted to have their son cared by someone who they had faith and confidence and now kind of taking a step back from the case but to the social media the mother has created a facebook page as far as we understand and is looking for support from users there but facebook administration has taken that page down why do you think that facebook would actually react like that. when it comes to a case like this. to be honest i can't comment on that because i this is the first heard of facebook taking it down i can't imagine it's in violation of any of the rules there are lots of stories of people seeking support and comfort for situations like this so i would be purely speculating on why facebook would do such a thing all right appreciate your comments thank you very much for being with us jo weinberger a lawyer representing and alex nicholai of in sacramento california thanks for being with us on our team i played. a thirty eight people died on friday when fire
engulfed a psychiatric ward near moscow with officials saying negligence by the clinic's staff could have caused the high number of deaths it's not the first such accident in russia and experts are already sounding the alarm for the frequency of hospice and nursing home fires which have killed over two hundred people in recent years you've got a piece going off as more details from the scene of the terrible tragedy. it was around half past one in the morning when a nurse at that time psychiatric hospital in village located around eighty miles away from moscow noticed smoke in one of the hallways she trying putting out the fires self but the flames were spreading too quickly and of course we saw the front entrance catch fire we dashed forward and brought a door we saw one man line and cautiously we try to help others but there was too much smoke and we had to run away one view local saw was happening some of them rushed to the hospital to try to help with the fight was already too powerful for them to handle only two patients and that nurse made it out alive while dozens of
others didn't and this is a psychiatric hospital and patients are given drugs and investigators say no that could be one of the reasons why so few people made it out alive they say that most of the others it's very likely simply were not able to wake up when the fire started due to the heavy medication another problem that the fire system thirty miles away from here that combined bad roads were the reasons why it took over an hour for the first rescue teams to arrive investigators say that some of the patients died from smoke inhalation but most simply burns to death in their beds. the nurse who worked that night is in stable condition in hospital but she is obviously shocked by this terrible and painful experience experts were already able to investigate the building where the fire took place and they see it's most likely that it started in the sofa backing up rumors that one of the patients could have
left a lit cigarette on it. it's not allowed to smoke there most probably someone lives a cigarette in bed and it all caught fire obviously right now many questions need answering there's a lot of uncertain information acting information as well but hopefully the ongoing investigation will help shed some light on the reasons behind one of the. hospital fires in washer in years you got to skim off moscow region just ahead the lawyer of the last remaining british national held at guantanamo without charge speak starting that's just a few minutes. syria
last for a british resident at guantanamo bay says he says he will die there as a result of what he calls systematic torture forty seven year old sachar all the has been at guantanamo bay for more than eleven years now without well it's now speaks of hello it clive stafford smith to say the direct legal action charity reprieve thank you very much for joining us when was the last time you spoke to second on the i spoke to shaq a last week on telephone i was trying to get another a message from one of the plants that one of my other clients that he desperately needs to talk again but they're not letting me have another one till next week it would you take in the last week well i'm in the heart and we went on for an hour and it was basically mainly about the hunger strike but i think he was more down he had lost a lot more weight in the days between that call and when i'd had before. and he was really concerned that he was fading it's been more than two months now that that
hunger strikes been how's his health his health was terrible before he started the hunger strike and so. do you think when you stop eating for two months and he's been horribly abused i mean the u.s. unfortunately is taking a very vindictive attitude the camel in charge of the camp seems to have an absurd position on how you treat people the colonel said to one of my other clients. we know how to deal with you because i've got children myself and actress response which i thought was quite humorous was if he's treating his children like he treats us we need to send the social services around that to straighten him out when prisoners talk about obesity yourselves seeing evidence of that shack is going through what they now call f c which is forcible cell extraction it's a euphemism that's gone through many transit last years he used. you call that. emergency reaction force to check your cold stream oppression for us. and is
when a prisoner doesn't exactly what they're told the six being dressed up you notice if they're in their outfits come and basically be to not to make them do it the pen into the floor and check to describe how this one guy who's three hundred pounds he sits on and sometimes needs him in the stomach and i've seen the bruises on him from this process this is happening to him all the time right now because they have a process where anything he asks for they won't just give it to him they send a team and so if he wants a bottle of water they send the goods in if he wants his medicine and they send their kids and what he told me last i talked to him this is just not asking for his medication anymore because he doesn't want to get beat not to get it that is it with of being to guantanamo bay has seen very little information about what goes on inside that what is it actually like inside the detention camp.